This story has been updated from 8 a.m. ET to include more information on The Knot's mobile app.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Wedding season is officially upon us, and that means no shortage of Facebook (FB) status countdowns, Instagram-shared photos of airbrushed brides, and their Pinterest-inspired weddings. But planning a wedding is nothing short of a part-time job that takes a huge amount of effort to organize.
I can attest from personal experience as I plan my own November wedding, the planning is not easy -- even for the most dedicated individual. From researching which color the bridesmaids dresses should be (eggplant or a plum?), to how much should we tip our vendors (do I tip the bathroom attendant?), to coordinating pick up and drop off times for the limo, while sticking to the budget. Thankfully, in this day and age, the availability of mobile apps are the perfect way to collect, file and digitize the everyday planning and even experiencing of a wedding.
"Couples are more focused than ever on creating a unique, personalized and once-in-a-lifetime experience for their guests - plus they're doing so in a modern way, by planning from their smartphones, publicizing details on social media and more," said Carley Roney, co-founder of wedding Web site, The Knot, a subsidiary of XO Group (XOXO), in a March survey on wedding trends.Most brides are aware that The Knot is the place to be when it comes to wedding planning from inspiration, to shopping for bridal party gifts, budgeting and vendor research. The Knot Wedding Planner aims to be a bride's complete mobile answer to wedding planning with solutions for organization, inspiration and hiring vendors. The Knot re-launched the app in January and boasts that since then "brides and grooms have spent more than 3 million minutes inside the app, viewing more than 36 million wedding vendor recommendations." The app features tons of wedding tools included a checklist of what's next, an expense budgeter and guest list manager. There's also no shortage of wedding inspiration with 50,000 photos of cakes, bouquets, favors, reception ideas and more. It also looks to connect couples to approximately 120,000 specific vendors in the U.S. (Photos are tagged with local vendor information.) Scrolling through the Apple (AAPL) app store, it's easy to see how many apps are related to weddings, some more useful than others. Besides The Knot there are tons of other cool apps where wedding planning meets technology that have sprout up that also deserve attention. From uploading photos to organizing receipts, here are five free apps that even the most tech-challenged person can use with no trouble.